Lighting Up Time.
It’s not only furniture and furnishings that make a beautiful room
or stunning plants that make a great garden – the lighting is equally
Clemency Ransford, Design Director at one the green explains why...
In my opinion, lighting is one of the most important and, yet,
one of the most overlooked aspects of interior and garden design. It is
possible, however, through clever manipulation of light and the correct
planning, to transform the look of an ordinary room or garden.
am always struggling to convince people to consider lighting first when
redesigning or redecorating. Of course, it is much easier to concentrate
on the obvious aspects of a room or garden such as pain colours, new furniture
and, in the case of a garden, planting or hard landscaping. Yet a beautiful
decorated room can be ruined by lack of forethought regarding lighting,
and the opportunity of using the garden as an extra room is lost if it
is pitch black at night. A little forward planning with regards to the
electrics at such an early stage can save thousands of pounds and achieve
People are always shocked when I walk into a building site and ask them
where they want to put their sofas and where will the artwork hang, and
yet isn’t it important to know that you will have correct task lighting
for reading the newspaper and that your priceless oil paintings/posters
are well lit?
in lighting technologies and design of fittings now allow for the most
discreet solutions for all ages and styles of houses while maintaining
maximum dramatic visual impact. This means that old houses with lathe-and-plaster
ceilings need not be excluded from recessed low-voltage down-lights as
there are specially-designed fittings to cope, and low ceilings can be
fitted with low-glare solutions. In a barn conversion, for example, spotlights
can be colour matched to beams and are small enough to be ‘lost’
against the depth of the beam.
Decorative fittings like table lamps, chandeliers and wall lights create
a visual lighting focus as well as soft pools of light, but should be
used in conjunction with other sources to create more drama.